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Oakland Raiders Release QB Matt Flynn

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Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images.
Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images.

The Oakland Raiders released QB Matt Flynn today. He only played in two games, and he’ll finish his short stint with the Raiders with 246 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Acquired via trade with the Seattle Seahawks, the Raiders inexplicably raised his salary from $5.25 million to $6.5 million, and even worse is that they guaranteed all of his salary. However, all of that guaranteed money did nothing to deter their decision to release him.

Flynn was disastrous in his lone start as a member of the Raiders in Week 4 when they played Washington, losing two fumbles and throwing an interception in a 24-14 loss. He was sacked seven times in that game, and his lack of mobility was a clear issue, especially with the Raiders’ battered offensive line.

Flynn fell behind Matt McGloin on the depth chart, and despite his huge contract, the writing appeared to be on the wall for his future in Oakland. Terrelle Pryor has shown some glimpses of potential, and he’s given the offense a bigger boost than Flynn could ever hope to do.

The 28-year-old, in his sixth season in the NFL, may have already played his last game in the NFL. After leaving the Green Bay Packers, he’s proven absolutely nothing. If he can’t even start for the inept Raiders, with all of their problems at the quarterback position, it’s tough to see any team giving him a chance.